We are deeply saddened to advise the community that Fintona’s third Principal, Miss Elizabeth Mary Butt OAM, died peacefully at her home on Sunday morning, 11 August 2019.
Elizabeth was Fintona’s third Principal having begun in 1963, following Miss Margaret Cunningham’s 34 years of service. Throughout Miss Butt’s time as Principal, she oversaw substantial building extensions to the Senior and Junior School, major changes in curriculum, a deepening of contacts with other schools, as well as expansion on the drama, sporting and musical fronts.
The Elizabeth Butt Building and the Elizabeth Butt Public Speaking Competition are testament to her outstanding commitment to Fintona. Elizabeth Butt was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2010 for her services to schools and educational leadership. Miss Butt stood as Principal of Fintona Girls' School for 29 years.
"Elizabeth is the only Principal of Fintona Girls' School who was also a student of the school, having graduated in 1946. Elizabeth was also a past Board member, company Life Member and Old Fintonian’s Life Member. However, her leadership and educational reach extended well beyond the borders of our school, being the first, and at that time, only female member on the National Council of Independent Schools of Australia Board in 1970," said Principal Rachael Falloon.
Elizabeth served on many Boards sharing her knowledge and expertise, including ISV, AHIGSA, Invergowrie Foundation, Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School, Mentone Girls’ Grammar School, Loreto Mandeville Hall and the Anglican Schools Committee of Victoria, to name a few.
More will be shared about Elizabeth and her contribution in the coming weeks. There will be a private family funeral service, with the School hosting a memorial service to celebrate her life, on Wednesday 21 August at 11.00am in the Margaret Cunningham Hall, Fintona Girls' School, 79 Balwyn Rd, Balwyn.
The community are warmly invited to attend the service. Please RSVP for catering purposes to Pamela Young firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (03) 9880 4441.